Lowrance Baja Elite 5M

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by kknuth, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    Did they work:ear
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  2. kknuth

    kknuth Out west!

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    ban: I didn't get any files from you.

    Zecatfish: I did get the Arkansas map from you,

    I loaded the .lcm file onto my microsd card into a /maps folder and popped it into the Baja. Nothing. Said no SD card found. Max size is 2 gig. Well my card was 4 gig, so that was a bummer.
    So I found another 1 gig card and loaded it. Nothing.
    Then took the .lcm file out of the /maps directory and placed it in the root directory instead
    Bingo! It loaded.
    But....what loaded was unusable. The streets were not drawn out as lines on the map. They were just text. So for example Main St. was:

    MAINST MAINST MAINST MAINST

    ..over and over again along the path that the street followed.
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  3. ban

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    Do you want me to resend the files again? Can you check to make sure they were not blocked by your spam filter?
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  4. kknuth

    kknuth Out west!

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    Sure, feel free. I'll try any kind of file people have got.
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  5. ban

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    Email sent again, it is 3 megabytes.
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  6. supergper

    supergper Been here awhile

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    In that size of unit, try the HDS-5 Baja. IMO, that size is a bit large for a bike, but you are correct in that the screens are incredible. The HDS-5 is the standard for a lot of the Baja/KOH racers (cars/trucks, not bikes). They may not do routing because Lowrance is generally not a Joe Schmoe GPS. They are primarily air/sea units with a few products that can be used effectively on land. In air/sea navigation, the route is generally a straight line :D
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  7. Cavernous

    Cavernous Been here awhile

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    I purchased the Lowrance Baja because I found non hand held Garmin units to be useful mostly on paved roads and I wanted something geared toward offroad.

    As several people have mentioned, topo map data is available through a Lowrance subsidiary: LEI.

    MapCreate 7 is a DVD based topo data program that's been discontinued; they are rare but can still be found. There are quite a few 3rd party vendors that supply USA topo on SD card(s) for states. Here's something to seriously consider as they're rare, rare, rare: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lowrance-Map...ht_2317wt_1361

    Here is one such vendor: http://www.pjsperformance.com/

    I think these guys are where I obtained the western USA (contact them for quote): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Map-Create-T...#ht_500wt_1376

    Here is one that may be worth looking into, but not sure if the topo data can be used with Baja units (from Lowrance): http://www.mapselect.com/

    No turn by turn nav so these are really designed for off-road use; although they do display POI, city street, etc., data.

    I hope this is helpful. I think someone should start a Lowrance Baja thread to share ideas. Lowrance has notoriously poor customer support so it would be good to have user coloboration.
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  8. Philo99

    Philo99 n00b

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    Hey folks. After trying several GPS units and doing some extensive research I am going to buy the Lowrance 5M Baja. I have been considering the the Elite 4M as well but want to put my hands on one first and see if the the display is large enough as the website says it is only 3.5". I decided to resurrect this thread as Lowrance has added offroad mapping capability with topography to the Elite 5M Baja that some of you were working at getting some time ago. Evidently Lowrance listened to the complaints (Garmin take note!) and now there are two offroad map micro cards available, starting this month. One for west coast US and the other for Eastern two thirds of the US. West Marine sells the unit for 499! Another benefit I like enables my other addiction, fishing! They have inland lake fishing card the provides bottom topography and shoreline contours as well as access routes so I can ride there swap the card and pick my spot.

    Philo
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  9. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    What's on them that isn't on Garmin topo maps? What's "offroad" about them? And besides being too big for most bikers, what does the Lowrance 5M Baja unit do for bikers that current Garmin handhelds don't do?

    [​IMG]
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  10. Skeld

    Skeld Adventurer

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    What do you guys think about this model?

    http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Chartplotter/HDS5m-en-us.aspx

    And also these topo maps for it:

    http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Mapping/TOPO-Insight-PRO-2013-East-en-us.aspx

    I run a PN-60 right now on my snowmobile (I don't have an Adventure Bike yet), and the topo map for Maine blows the Garmin stuff out of the water. The screen is small though, and very hard to run a route with while moving. I'm intrigued by the Lowrance screen size but I'm not sure how good the topo data is.
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  11. jrsue

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    The larger screen size would be great for one, and Real buttons no touch screen AKA Montana.
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  12. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    From the looks of that picture the one thing it would do that others don't is double as a windscreen...just sayin
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